New Jersey company provides advice about cloud computing

A New Jersey transportation company has some advice for other firms that are considering storage of their data via cloud computing, according to a published report.

Equipped with more than 135,000 chassis and 3,200 generator sets, Flexi-Van has two data centers on its premises, ZDNet reports. It first elevated to cloud computing practices in 2012 when capitalizing on antivirus protection and presently the company is considering pushing its email to the innovative storage process.

But IT director James Mercer said the company is striving to adopt a cloud solution for the purposes of enhancing safety by assessing its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, which also is known as SWOT.

“Once I’d investigated cloud services and determined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT), I decided to include them in our acquisition proposals,” the IT director told the news source. “So when I went looking for a new anti-virus solution, I invited Webroot to pitch without regard to the fact that they were cloud based. Each move to the cloud was based on a use-case, best results basis.”

Based in Kenilworth, Flexi-Van has implemented efforts to adapt and adjust to the changing market, according to the North Jersey company’s website.

The firm operates nine service centers, which underscores the value of how much cloud computing can benefit the company and others looking to advance with assistance from the innovative storage method.

The extensive drive of the SWOT analysis is a key first step for technological processes in addition to cloud computing, the IT director said. It has the potential to benefit companies in other directions.

“Once you have a clear understanding of those four factors you can determine which areas are permissible for cloud services,” Mercer told the news source. “Evaluate all suitable competitors and perform a return on investment or initial rate of return and ignore cloud-based versus traditional. Look at the strengths and weaknesses of each, and choose accordingly.”